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Black Lives Matter Film Series | 13th

Fri, Jul 3 @ 6:30pm @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Registration is required for this event:

With the current social conditions present in both local and global perspectives, it is essential now to educate ourselves and act deliberately to be anti-racist. Sanctuary UCC is partnering with Hillside Community Church to bring you the Black Lives Matter Film Series.

This collection of films will deconstruct and frame an understanding of the inherent power structures in America and the effects this debilitating system has on communities and people of color. Please join us in listening, understanding, and acting in dismantling what racism is in our community.


Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.


“Brutal, necessary watch for all who want to understand why America operates with impunity re its horrendous treatment of Black people. Incisive and shocking, moreso now than when it debuted in 2016.” – MaryAnn Johanson “Flick Filosopher”

“In her documentary, 13th, Ava DuVernay cites the wording of the 13th amendment, which outlawed slavery and involuntary servitude ‘except as a punishment for crime…’ but DuVernay gives the argument enormous cinematic force.” – Bob Mondello “NPR”


7/1 UPDATE to plans for this film: in the interest of safety – and due to Phase II limits, we will not screen this film in person/out-of-doors as initially planned. We will gather on zoom at 6:30, have a brief conversation to provide context, watch the film in our own spaces via our own Netflix account, and return to zoom for small group discussion!!  We will continue to monitor safety and local recommendations and may be able to offer the next film in person in the outdoor space as per Phase 3 guidelines. 


Your donation is recommended and registration is required: Text UCCFILM to 41444 or

Join Zoom Meeting;:

Dial by phone: 646 876 9923 US (New York)  
Meeting ID: 861 1612 9775
Password: 749543  

For information about the film title, please email or call 781-395-3360.